alexa No mNo mobile, no life: Self-perception and text-message dependency among Japanese high school students
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): Tasuku Igarashi, Tadahiro Motoyoshi, Jiro Takai, Toshikazu Yoshida

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A survey was conducted to investigate how self-perception of text-message dependency leads to psychological/behavioral symptoms in relation to personality factors. Japanese high school students completed a self-report questionnaire measuring frequency of text-messages, self-perception of text-message dependency, psychological/behavioral symptoms, extroversion and neuroticism. Self-perception of text-message dependency was composed of three factors: perception of excessive use, emotional reaction, and relationship maintenance. Although message frequency was significantly related to psychological/behavioral symptoms, this effect was qualified by self-perception and personality factors. In particular, self-perception of text-message dependency strongly affected psychological/behavioral symptoms. Importance of distinction between extroverted and neurotic text-message dependency through the process of self-perception of maladaptive behavior is discussed.

This article was published in Computers in Human Behavior and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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